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High Blood Pressure
September 28, 2017

Is salt really causing hypertension?

Salt has long been labelled a hypertension villain, but the link between the two isn’t so clear-cut, a new study finds. The recommended daily sodium intake is 2 300 milligrams. This is equal to about five grams (one teaspoon) of salt per day. However, findings from a 16-year study call this into question. The scientific findings Lynn L. Moore, an associate professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine in Massachusetts, and her team analysed data from more than 2 000 men and women between the ages of 30 and 64 years old. At the start of the study,…
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Food & nutrition
June 23, 2016

Teach your taste buds

Our taste-buds have acquired the taste for salt, and most people believe that food will taste bland without salt. However, the preference for salty flavours can be changed, and making use of other ingredients can help enhance the flavour of foods. But WHAT ingredients, we hear you ask? Don’t worry, you won’t be stuck for choice in this department. (more…)
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Healthy LifestyleHigh Blood PressureRecipes
March 16, 2016

Are salt-substitutes really better than salt?

Has your doctor told you to cut back on salt because your blood pressure is too high? ‘Oh no! Now my food will be tasteless! I might as well chew on a piece of cardboard.” Not true: You can still enjoy flavourful food without adding salt. (more…)
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High Blood Pressure
June 26, 2015

Sugar or salt? Which is the worst villain?

“Stop! Don’t add any sugar or salt to your food – they’re both bad for you!” Ah yes, the 2 health villains you’ve heard so much about! They both give your body a hard time, but is one more dangerous than the other? It’s time to put them under the spotlight. (more…)
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Heart & Blood VesselsHigh Blood Pressure
May 14, 2015

Hypertension is a silent killer

May you never meet The Silent Killer – hypertension! And why is hypertension called The Silent Killer? Because you can have it without knowing! There are no direct symptoms. And high blood pressure increases your risk for heart disease and stroke. These can also hit you without warning. (more…)
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Heart & Blood Vessels
April 21, 2015

Foods that fight high blood pressure

Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (aka DASH) is an eating plan that emphasises foods which are predominantly unprocessed and naturally low in salt, while limiting salt, unhealthy fats and sugar.
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Heart & Blood VesselsHigh Blood Pressure
May 3, 2014

The Big Salt Round Up

In partnership with Salt Watch, this season on the Hello Doctor TV show we brought you everything you need to know about salt: why too much is dangerous, how much your body actually needs, how much is too much, and how to substitute salt in recipes. To help make it easier for you, here are our top Salt Watch blog posts from episode 1. Enjoy! (more…)
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Stroke
April 6, 2014

Life after a stroke – The road to recovery

Stroke rehabilitation is a vital part of helping you to relearn skills you lost if stroke has affected a part of your brain. (more…)
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Food & nutritionRecipes
March 16, 2014

A salt-free braai? It’s possible!

It’s hard to believe, but we did a salt-free braai with Ultimate Braai Master Judge Bertus Basson, and he was really impressed with the flavour he achieved without salt. He didn’t think he could do it! The traditional braai is a South African institution, where the great outdoors becomes your kitchen, your cooler box converts into the kitchen table and the fire replaces your stove. But salt, along with black pepper and your favourite marinade, is a vital item. Or is it? (more…)
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Heart & Blood Vessels
March 7, 2014

The Dress Red Campaign

There’s a common misconception that heart disease is a “man’s disease”, but in South Africa, heart disease and stroke kills more women than men. While breast cancer is often perceived as the biggest health threat to women, heart disease and stroke are the greatest threats globally, killing more people every day than all cancers combined! (more…)
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